Best reframe yet

Things getting a shake up? Let’s look at the bigger picture. 

We’ve got a city that needs someone like you. Someone unphased by a change of plans, someone brave, someone that knows how to take on a challenge.  

There’s plenty of room and plenty of people ready to celebrate all the little moments with you. 

This might just turn out to be your best year yet.

What is Clearing?

If you didn't get a place on your first-choice course, Clearing can help you make some new plans for uni. 

Clearing is a system that helps match available course places to students after the January UCAS deadline passes. Using the UCAS search tool, you can look for courses which are right for you and start getting in touch with unis to secure a new place for the upcoming academic year. 

Clearing opened in early July, but it starts getting busy after results day. It’s important to be ready for it, so here’s our quick guide to how Clearing works


Find your new uni home



The biggest student hub in the Midlands, iQ offers three Birmingham sites covering the best local universities.

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With 30,000 students and a cool coastal setting, Brighton is bursting with things to do. Choose from 3 sites in the seaside city. 

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Stay just minutes from the centre of Coventry for a picture-perfect background to your university experience.

Discover Coventry



Stunning cityscapes, beautiful parks and year-round culture make Edinburgh a special place to study.

Discover Edinburgh



Promising some of the best student life in Yorkshire, Leeds' various universities contribute to a lively, inspiring atmosphere.

Discover Leeds



Make the most of student life in the capital, whether you find a space in the suburbs or choose the buzz in the heart of it all. 

Discover Liverpool



Make the most of student life in the capital, whether you find a space in the suburbs or choose the buzz in the heart of it all. 

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From its innovative music scene to its world-famous sporting success, Manchester has plenty to inspire you during your studies.

Discover Manchester



With two universities and a significant student population, Nottingham is one of the Midlands' big student cities.

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Former industrial hive, now a media hub, Salford is a master of urban reinvention. 

Discover Salford



South Yorkshire's premier student hub, Sheffield is a culturally rich city with beautiful surroundings. 

Discover Sheffield


How to use Clearing

  1. Make sure you have your UCAS registration details to hand – when you start calling unis, they'll need your Clearing number which you can find in UCAS Track. 

  1. Search for a course using the UCAS search tool. It’ll show all courses at UK universities with available places. 

  1. If you find a course you’re interested in, get in touch with the uni to find out more. Ask questions and show your enthusiasm for the course – it might help your chances of getting an informal offer there and then.  

  1. If you want to accept an offer from a university, you’ll need to record your acceptance in UCAS Track. You can only accept one, even if you get multiple offers, so don’t add it to UCAS Track until you're sure. If you change your mind later, you'll need to ask the university to cancel the offer before you can make another application. 

  1. When the university confirms your place, it'll show as confirmed in UCAS Track. If they don’t go ahead with their offer for any reason, you can apply for another course. 

  1. Once you’ve got you confirmed place, it’s time to apply for student finance or update your existing application with your new details – be aware that new applications can take up to six weeks. If you need more information about student finance, see the useful links below. 

Once that’s all taken care of, there’s just one thing left to do – look for you’re the place you’ll call home at uni


What kind of accommodation is available?

At iQ, you can choose the room, studio or apartment that's right for you. 

Our rooms share a kitchen and living area with other residents and most rooms have their own en suite bathroom too, giving you the privacy you need to get ready with the social buzz of our shared spaces. Rooms vary in size and are usually a factor in the cost of the room. 

At most sites, we also offer self-contained studios and apartments, for those who want more privacy and space of their own. Some apartments are also suitable for sharing. 

iQ properties are designed with the student in mind. We have plenty of onsite spaces that are free to use, from gyms and study areas to cinemas and games rooms. You’ll usually be just a short walk from your university or the city centre, and there’ll always be public transport nearby to help you get around. 

To make life a little easier, the bills and wifi are on us so you know exactly what to expect when you book. With our app, you can arrange maintenance, cleaning, parcel collection and more to take the stress out of the little things. 

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When can I move in?

We're a little flexible on the dates you can move into your new student home. Various contracts with different start dates are available, and you're welcome to move in at any time after the date in your contract. 

If you need to move in in January 2023, shorter contracts might also be available. Check your chosen iQ’s page for details. 

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Is iQ Student Accommodation safe to live in?

All of our buildings have CCTV and secure entry systems, with onsite staff at all times. 

Key Clearing dates

Stay on top of important dates for Clearing

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  • - 5th July - Clearing opens
  • - 6th July - International Baccalaureate results day
  • - 6th August - SQA results day
  • - 15th August - A-level results day 
  • - 21st October - Final deadline for Clearing applications

Grades better than expected?

You can grab a place on a different course through UCAS

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If your results are better than expected, you can change universities by releasing yourself into Clearing. On UCAS, use the 'decline your place' button to release your offer.

Don't rush into things. Only do this once you've looked into what's available and spoken to your school, university or an advisor.

Finding your new happy place

Once you’ve got your place, you can start looking for a place to live while at uni. At iQ, there are over 70 student accommodation locations across 29 UK cities, so there's plenty of space if you need a home away from home. 


Rooms, studios, apartments

Figure out the space for you. For a social buzz, choose an en suite room with shared kitchen, or for a bit more privacy, go with a studio or apartment. 


Safe, secure, convenient

Each iQ building has 24/7 onsite staff presence and a residents' app for support whenever you need it. Life admin's simple too, with all-inclusive bills letting you know exactly what to expect. 


Clubs, events, spaces

Your best year yet’s all about getting involved with iQ Life. From our social spaces and central locations, to our Clubs and exclusive events, be bold and grow your circle. 

Have any questions? Chat to the site you're looking to live at - they'll be happy to help. Or, send an email to

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